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Neighborhood Issue 2015

Photo Credit: Joeff Davis and CL Staff

CL's Annual Neighborhood Issue


When people say Atlanta is a city of neighborhoods, they aren’t kidding. Atlanta claims 242 official neighborhoods. Zoom in on well-known communities such as Buckhead, Downtown, and the Westside, and the number of neighborhoods multiplies exponentially. They’re often lumped together into smaller groups — 25 Neighborhood Planning Units, 12 City Council districts, 6 police zones — to make civic life more manageable. For this year’s Neighborhood Issue, we wondered about the story behind neighborhood names such as Joyland and Polar Rock, the history of longstanding communities such as East Lake and Chosewood Park, and where people hang out in places like South Atlanta. Far from definitive, the following overview offers a look at 25 of Atlanta’s lesser-known communities. Only 217 to go.

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Thursday March 26, 2015 04:00 am EDT
At the seemingly verdant heart of Argonne Forest, just east of Northside Drive near Buckhead, is sports. You might have driven past what hides this all-winter green: Sutton Middle School. Venture uphill, into a neighborhood that could be called Mansion City, though, and you can look down at the playing field from one stretch of Argonne Drive. In the middle distance are homes, some vast, in... | more...

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Thursday March 26, 2015 04:00 am EDT
The home of the Bankhead Bounce, Kilo Ali, T.I., Young Dro, D4L, and Shawty Lo, among others, is so intrinsic to the city’s cultural identity that when Atlanta renamed that stretch of Bankhead Highway in honor of civil rights attorney Donald Lee Hollowell, we respectfully ignored it. The neighborhood, which has similarly resisted most attempts at gentrification, reflects Atlanta’s glaring... | more...

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Thursday March 26, 2015 04:00 am EDT
Many of the street names, schools, parks, and the majority of institutions associated with this OTP Atlanta neighborhood just west of East Point, are named after Benjamin Harvey Hill, a 19th-century U.S. Congressman, then Senator. Ben Hill is also home to one of the oldest antebellum buildings in Atlanta: the Judge Wilson House on Fairburn Road. — Kaylyn Hinz | more...

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Thursday March 26, 2015 04:00 am EDT
Nearly destroyed during Sherman’s March to the Sea and now on the National Register of Historic Places, big things are happening in this neighborhood. Plans include cleaning up nearby Proctor Creek and building what will become Atlanta’s largest park at Bellwood Quarry. In the meantime, explore the area’s Knight Park and numerous curbside gardens. — Eric Cash | more...

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Thursday March 26, 2015 04:00 am EDT
Back in the ’70s this neighborhood was home to two spring water pools, a lake, and tons of outdoor amenities, including a zip line, horseback riding, and mini golf. Now the Buckhead neighborhood is awash in strip malls and mixed-use developments such as Lindbergh Plaza. — Emily Griffin | more...

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Thursday March 26, 2015 04:00 am EDT
Five Public Projects that could fundamentally change Atlanta neighborhoods. | more...

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Thursday March 26, 2015 04:00 am EDT
Five Public Projects that could fundamentally change Atlanta neighborhoods. | more...

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Thursday March 26, 2015 04:00 am EDT
The Atlanta index - A quick statistical view of us. | more...

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Thursday March 26, 2015 04:00 am EDT
On the National Register of Historic Places, Mozley Park comprises blocks of classic, albeit tumbledown, cottages and bungalows, as well as a spacious park with a pool and recreation center. This once sought-after residential area experienced white flight and segregation policies that have left it mostly overlooked since the 1950s. Mozley Park is now connected to the PATH trail and will link to... | more...

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Thursday March 26, 2015 05:00 am EDT
Can the community-focused approach help an education system plagued by cheating and inequality? | more...

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Thursday March 26, 2015 05:00 am EDT
How would some of Atlanta's smartest urban designers change parts of the city? | more...

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Thursday March 26, 2015 05:00 am EDT
11 of Atlanta's best neighbors according to you | more...

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Thursday March 26, 2015 05:00 am EDT
6 Solutions for 6 Common Neighborhood Problems | more...

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Thursday March 26, 2015 05:00 am EDT
Keeping tabs on gun-loving grammar snobs, coyotes, and more | more...

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Thursday March 26, 2015 05:00 am EDT
A no-risk revitalization of Bankhead's heart and soul | more...

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Thursday March 26, 2015 05:00 am EDT
Five public projects that could fundamentally change Atlanta neighborhoods | more...

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Thursday March 26, 2015 08:00 am EDT
Nonprofit Centering Youth's trauma-focused yoga benefits the city's underserved youth | more...
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